[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”10413″ img_size=”large” title=”Safeguarding”][vc_column_text el_class=”description_text”]At Whitehall Park School, we pride ourselves on providing a safe environment in which children can learn. Every member of our team has a responsibility to identify children who may be in need of extra help.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Whitehall Park  School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff, volunteers and the wider community to share this commitment.

‘Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility, every day’.

Our first and foremost priority is to keep your child safe and healthy. Under the new OFSTED framework safeguarding is a key indicator of what constitutes a good school. Keeping your child safe means:

·         The health and safety of all children

·         Making sure that the adults who work here have undergone safety and security checks

·         Protecting children from deliberate harm

·         Being an anti-bullying school

·         Being proactive against racist behaviour

·         Protecting our children from harassment and discrimination

·         A positive approach to behaviour management including the use of physical intervention safely, when necessary

·         Meeting the needs of children with medical conditions

·         Providing first aid

·         Protecting children from drug and substance abuse

·         Children enjoying safe educational visits

·         Caring for children’s personal needs

·         Keeping children safe when using the internet and making sure they are aware of cyber bullying.

·         Making sure our school is secure and safe

·         Being a ‘listening school’.

·         Ensuring they know who to go to in school if they have a problem


Keeping Children Safe

All staff receive appropriate training in Safeguarding and Child Protection to ensure that they are aware of the school’s procedures for child protection and their responsibilities.  We have a written policy and procedures for Safeguarding complying with Local Authority guidance.  The Designated Safeguarding Lead for Child Protection is  Laura Birkett (Headteacher) and the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads are Nicki Wright (Assistant Headteacher) and Jo Fynaut (Assistant Headteacher), Katarina Zatkovicova (SENCO) and Angela Volope (Extended Schools Leader).  The designated governor for Safeguarding and Child Protection is Paul Domjan.


Online Safety

Online safety is the protection of young people from harm when using the internet. Our children at Whitehall Park School have access to a range of wonderful technologies to enhance their learning that access the internet. To ensure their safety, we have security filters, blocked sites and teacher controls to manage children’s access. At home, these same controls can be utilised to manage and monitor what your child accesses online. The internet offers amazing opportunities for learning, connecting, creating and collaborating and is an increasingly valuable resource in today’s society. We continue to educate staff, our students and our school community to ensure our children have safe, positive experiences online.


Prevent Duty

The Prevent Duty refers to identifying children who may be vulnerable to radicalisation and extremism in primary schools, and knowing what to do when they are identified. Extremists are those whose views are rigid, narrow and intolerant of people of different ethnicity, religion, gender or sexual identity. Radicalisation is the process where someone has their vulnerabilities or susceptibilities exploited towards crime or terrorism. At Whitehall Park School, our staff attend regular training courses on this issue. We share the importance of fostering positive relationships at school and at home to help keep children safe and protect them.


Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is practised in countries in Africa, Middle East and Asia. It refers to all procedures involving the partial or total removal of or injury to the female genitalia for non-medical reasons. FGM is considered a grave violation of the rights of girls and women. Forms of FGM are found in the UK and is illegal.


Our Whitehall Park School staff are responsible for identifying children who may be in need of extra help or who are suffering, or are likely to suffer, significant harm. All staff have a responsibility to take appropriate action and follow the school’s safeguarding procedures which may involve working with other services as required. The Designated Safeguarding Lead is Miss Laura Birkett, the Deputy Safeguarding Leads are Miss Nicola Wright and Miss Joanne Fynaut. If you have any queries regarding the school’s safeguarding procedures please speak to one of the Designated Safeguarding Leads or consult the supporting documents below.  If for any reason you are unable to contact one of our designated Safeguarding Leads you can contact Wynand McDonald, ISCB Manager  for the Local Authority  Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) Team on 020 7527 4209.


Please click here to view the Islington Safeguarding Children Board.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]